News from the Board -- April 26, 2022

Posted by Jessica wells on 4/27/2022 1:45:00 PM

 

On Tuesday, April 26, the Onslow County Board of Education held a workshop meeting at the Eastern North Carolina Regional Skills Center to discuss the 2022-2023 budget proposal and to hold a closed session regarding the performance of an employee.  

First on the agenda was a presentation from OCS Chief Operations Officer Steve Myers, who discussed the 2022-2023 Capital Outlay Budget. The capital outlay budget covers the district’s expenses related to maintenance, transportation, paving, roofing, furniture, safety and security and more. Myers began his presentation by sharing with the Board and executive staff that the age of all OCS facilities ranges from 1934 to 2022. He also shared that the district is responsible for maintaining 507 buildings as well as 1,553 acres of land. The district’s current assets equal $777,350,659.    

Under the current funding agreement with county government, Myers said that the district would be receiving $4.2 million for next year’s capital outlay budget. That funding, along with other revenue sources, would bring the district to a total capital outlay budget of $4,247,120.   

This year, Myers said the district received over $29 million worth of capital requests from schools and departments across the county. Requests were prioritized by greatest need, requirements by law, instructional and security needs, and the timeline needed. From there, the requests were filtered until there were $4.2 million worth of work to be done. Some highlights of the work to be done with next year’s capital outlay budget include roofing projects, fire alarm upgrades, painting three schools, new playgrounds for three schools, and stadium lighting.   

Next, Chief Finance Officer Jeff Hollamon presented the proposed local current expense budget for the 2022-2023 fiscal year. The local current expense budget provides funding for salaries, insurance, academic programming, technology, cultural arts, utilities, exceptional children and more. Hollamon said that the total proposed budget for 2022-2023 equals $76.4 million, with $1.1 million coming from fines and forfeitures, $7.4 million coming from the appropriated fund balance, $5 million coming from disaster recovery funds, and $62.9 million coming from the county’s tax revenue. Going into the new fiscal year, the superintendent’s budget priorities of instruction, mental health, safety and security will remain the same.   

A major focus of the 2022-2023 budget proposal is making investment in staff. OCS realizes the importance of recruiting and retaining qualified staff members to serve the mission of the district. The proposal includes an increase of the local salary supplement for certified staff from 10 percent to 12 percent, as well as increases to the salary step schedule for classified employees.  

To remain within budget and support budgetary priorities, Hollamon said that $2 million worth of requests did not make it into the final budget. On May 3, the Board will hold a public hearing to discuss the proposed budget and will vote on the budget later that day.   

Last on the agenda was a closed session, in which the Board discussed the performance and qualifications of an employee. 

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